1994 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1L V6 from North America


The 3.1L V6 has always had a noticeable whine to it from idle up to around 3500 RPM. I don't know if this is just because of the high miles or if this is inherent to this specific engine. Any others noticed this same sort of thing?

Both rear struts were replaced at 126,000 miles.

The starter, for no apparent reason, just stopped working around 128,000.

At 133,000 miles, the outside driver-side door handle broke off. The replacement was about $25.

I've noticed very unusual wear on the right rear tire. The rears were in identical shape, about 90% tread, when I got it, but the right rear is now almost completely worn smooth around the outside 2 inches. The left rear is wearing normally.

Whenever I'm driving slowly around town with the windows down, and the car hits a bump in the pavement, I hear a compressing sound in the front end. It sounds like a hydraulic cylinder being compressed then released. My mechanic hasn't been able to find anything relating to that.

At idle and low speeds, turning the steering wheel off-center about 1/4 turn to the left produces a snapping/clunking sound. Any ideas on what this might be?

General Comments:

Acceleration from a standstill is pretty good considering the miles. Fuel economy has ranged from 19-24 MPG. Outside the exhaust has a nice throaty sound to it.

It handles great around curves. I find myself often taking a particular one marked at 35 MPH at over 60, and there's absolutely no sign of body roll. The Goodyear Eagle RS-A's on it stick to the road very well.

I've never had any trouble with any of the interior items, aside from the markings on the window and door lock switches wearing off.

This Grand Prix is my first car so I don't really have much to compare it to. I think it's been a good car to start out with... and I love the medium grayish-teal color... I've never seen another one like mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2001

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.4 from North America


Great car, hard to work on!


I needed all 4 rotors replaced, all the brake pads, and one caliper.

Also I needed a new "brain" (got wet somehow).

Dead battery cell (due to age).

Fan belt (age).

New plugs and wires (age).

General Comments:

Handles great, haven't really had it over 90mph though.

Only problem is it didn't come with the remote features. Whoever originally had it didn't put it in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2001

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1L from North America


A solid 7 out of 10


Battery died at 23,000 - under warranty.

Fuel injection cleaning at 50,000 to correct sluggish performance ($50.00).

Alternator replaced at 100,000 - ($225).

Serpentine belt tensioner at 110,000 ($130).

The kick in the teeth repair was a new transmission at 95,000 - $1200.00. Very disappointing and the "black mark" on this car.

Went through several expensive brake repairs. GM cars of this genre are alleged to have poorly engineered braking systems and are part of a "silent recall".

General Comments:

Purchased the car with 22,000 miles on it. It is a very handsome car with the ground effect package - still eye catching. Minimal rust.

Some of the painted letters on the switches starting to rub off - never would see that happen on an import.

Seats too cushy and lack support - not good on long trips.

It has been a generally good car, minus the transmission replacement.

It still gets 26-28 miles per gallon - not too bad. Still peppy when merging and taking off after all these years.

The Regal/Lumina/Cutlass/Grand Prix by 94 had been out 6 years, so most of the bugs were worked out by then. Not a bad used car buy if you can find a nicely maintained model.

Hope to drive it until the wheels fall off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2001